Ryan Day says Ohio State will ‘adapt’ if Bill O’Brien leaves offensive coordinator post for Boston College

Despite rumors that Ohio State offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien has emerged as a leading candidate for the Boston College coaching vacancy, it’s apparently still full steam ahead as of now for the first-year Buckeyes assistant in Columbus, according to coach Ryan Day. 

“No update [on O’Brien]” Day told reporters on National Signing Day, which marked the first time he’s spoken publicly since the start of the new year. 

Day did confirm, though, that there are contingency plans in place should O’Brien depart. 

“It isn’t one of those situations where you take one guy out and put another guy in there,” Day said. “We’ll have contingency plans in place. Hopefully we don’t go down that road, but if we do, we’ll adapt.”

It’s easy to see why the Boston College vacancy would appeal to O’Brien. It would be a homecoming for the Boston native who spent 2023 as the offensive coordinator for the NFL’s New England Patriots. It was O’Brien’s second time working for ex-Patriots coach Bill Belichick after a previous stint on New England’s staff from 2007-11. 

The Boston College vacancy was unexpected within this coaching cycle. The job opened earlier in February when coach Jeff Hafley left his post to become the Green Bay Packers’ defensive coordinator. Hafley, a former Ohio State assistant himself, was coming off his best finish in four seasons at the helm, guiding the Eagles to seven wins in 2023. It marked the third time this cycle that a sitting FBS coach left for a coordinator position after ex-Buffalo coach Maurice Linguist and ex-South Alabama coach Kane Wommack left their schools to join Kalen DeBoer’s new Alabama staff.

Though O’Brien’s situation is fluid, Day confirmed he will still surrender play-calling duties during the 2024 season…


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Author : Dean Straka

Publish date : 2024-02-07 17:01:24

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